Christina Rentiers, the general manager for the downtown Augusta location, said she and New Moon owner Christine Allewelt decided to serve a limited menu outside since construction was taking longer than planned. Until the space is ready, the cafe will serve coffee, pastries, sandwiches and salads prepared at other New Moon locations in front of the J.B. White’s building, located at 936 Broad St.
“We wanted to at least have something for people who depend on us every morning for coffee,” Rentiers said.
The J.B. White’s building space should be ready in two to three weeks. Inside seating will be available for about 80 customers as opposed to 35 at the old building, as well as a covered outdoor area and an upstairs area available for rental.
“The demand for a larger space is definitely there,” Rentiers said.
In the past, she said, customers have had to wait on Saturday and Sunday mornings for a table to become available, and the outdoor seating was covered only with umbrellas.
“People would wait until someone else left, and we shouldn’t have that problem as much here,” she said.
The restaurant space also will include a larger bakery and possibly a new roaster. New Moon roasts the coffee beans for all three store locations in its Aiken roaster, and having a roaster in downtown Augusta would streamline operations for New Moon’s downtown and University Hospital locations, Rentiers said.
Rentiers said she was not sure whether the restaurant’s staff will increase as a result of the larger location. New Moon in downtown Augusta employs 13 people.
New Moon has been in downtown Augusta since 2006 and in Aiken since 1995.